Australian Clinical Supervision Association

The objective of ACSA is to promote the practice of clinical supervision as a process essential to the ongoing development of all helping professionals.

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Clinical Supervision


 We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged
in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves.

It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep.
It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile.


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Trusting Relationship

Clinical supervision in the 21st century has become an essential practice for helping professions worldwide. Although a universally agreed definition of clinical supervision remains elusive, all helping professionals from nurses to teachers unequivocally agree that clinical supervision is an important aspect of their practice landscape. Clinical supervision is based on a trusting relationship that aims to provide a safe space in which clinician-supervisees can discuss their work-related concerns. The process aims to empower the supervisee through using guided reflection that is learner-centred and led, and holds reflection at the heart of clinical supervision.


The Australian Clinical Supervision Association recognises that the term, ‘clinical supervision’ is used in various ways. Our aim here is to clarify generic reflection-based clinical supervision as a practice in its own right, and to celebrate both its core skills and specialised differences between the professions. Our vision is to promote a generic vision of clinical supervision skills, practice and processes that are contractual, relationship-based and reflective. We, therefore, offer an alternative to direct ‘on the job’ or ‘point of practice’ supervision in that clinical supervision takes place in protected time and a private space away from the immediate clinical area.

Best Practice

We further recommend that clinical supervisors seek and achieve education in this specialty role, according to best practice principles of supervision and of training. Potential clinical supervisees also need to be prepared and educated for their role of supervisee. We hope that, in the future, our organisation will be in a position to accredit trainers and supervisors alike.

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